WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Texas judge on Wednesday refused to postpone the scheduled execution of a convicted killer who suffers from mental illness and is set to face lethal injection on December 3.
Scott Panetti, who has had schizophrenia for three decades, has won support for his case of groups such as Mental Health America, psychiatrists, former judges and prosecutors, evangelical Christians.
The European Union urged Texas Governor Rick Perry to grant Panetti clemency.
“The execution of persons suffering from a mental disorder is contrary to widely accepted human rights norms and is in contradiciton to the minimum standards of human rights set forth in several international human rights instruments,” the bloc wrote in its letter.
Still, district judge Keith Williams refused to give attorneys more time to reevaluate whether Panetti was criminally responsible for the 1995 killing of his wife.